Matches are made based on the sign-up forms on this website and are made on a first-come, first-served basis. You will be asked if you have any student considerations, but we cannot guarantee they will be met. We try to match up students and hosts with common interests based on the information provided in the questionnaires, but we ask that you keep an open mind about who your student is. As a host, you will receive information about your student during the summer, and your student should contact you via email.
You have no financial obligation whatsoever to your student. All that is asked of you as a host is your time and your interest in helping a Brandeis international student feel welcome and supported during their first semester at Brandeis. However, since students have different financial situations, you cannot assume that your student has money to pay for dinners out or events. If you invite your student out for an event that costs money, we suggest that you either pay for them or ask if they are interested in the event and can afford it.
No, but you may generously offer to do so if you are interested. Open Doors is not a homestay program. Rather, it is an opportunity to gain insight into another culture and to build a friendship.
Popular activities include cooking together, shopping, meeting at a cafe, or sightseeing in Boston. Alternatively, there is always a lot going on at Brandeis, so you can attend on-campus events together as well. The ISSO also offers some programs and events throughout the semester.
Sometimes students arrive at Brandeis and find themselves very busy with classes, settling in, and making friends on campus. If your student makes no effort to be in touch, or if the match does not work well, please contact the Open Doors Host Coordinator via email or by phone at 781-736-3480. The Coordinator will see if the situation can be resolved, or if necessary, can arrange an alternative match.
Brandeis only acts as a liaison and is not responsible for the conduct of the parties involved.
“Mostly it has been wonderful to just be there for her to answer questions about life, classes, dreams, etc. I would highly recommend this opportunity to others as a way to expand your own experience here, but also to provide support to international students. Open Doors is one way that Brandeis is building a stronger community of neighbors, one where every student feels that they have someone to turn to!”
Open Doors Host